Filthy, smelly sewage transports bacteria like E. coli. Fortunately, it’s out of sight, out of mind. Until it isn’t.
When sewage fluids begin to pungently seep through your lawn, or worse yet, backs-up into your home you have a serious problem.
1) Diagnose the Problem
The sewer line (also known as the main line) carries wastewater and sewage from your house to either the septic system or municipal sewer.
Backups are caused by a block or stoppage somewhere in the sewer line. The stoppage must be located, identified and removed.
Root growth is one of the primary causes of backups. Trees love sewage; they love the nutrients, water, and moisture living inside the pipe. Roots pester the sewage pipe till they breach it and take root. As the roots become established inside the pipe, toilet paper or other waste get caught on the roots and stop the flow of waste.
Collapsed pipes are another common cause of backups. Obsolete pipes like clay and orangeburg are no longer viable and are collapsing from ground pressure.
The next common cause for a main line issue happens when the ground settles around the line creating what we call a belly in the line - a high point on either side and a low point in the center. That belly holds water and whenever solids or paper go down the sewer line, it’s like hitting the pool of water at a water park—it slows down anything that lands in it. As items get caught in the belly, they’ll build up and cause blockage in the sewer line.
2) Fix the Problem
Wisler Plumbing takes care of every step of what needs to happen to get your line back in order.
Preparation and Paperwork (2-7 days):
- Determine the path and depth of the sewer line by sending a camera with a transmitter down the line.
- Get the necessary permits from the county or city official that governs the area.
- Call Miss Utility to have participating utilities mark their underground facilities in advance to prevent damage to underground utility lines, injury, property damage and service outages.
- Contact with the municipal sewer company or whoever is in charge to avoid problems that may arise as we uncover their system.
3) The Physical Work (1 day start to finish)
Once all of the paper work is in order, we review the process with the home owner one more time and then begin the operation.
We use our own mini excavator and operator to dig the trench. This ensures that the excavation meets our standards and is completed in a safe, efficient manner. If the sewer line is deeper than 5 feet we must add trench protection to prevent a cave-in.
Installing the sewer line is a big job and it has to be done right the first time. Because the expertise of the plumber is critical to the success of the project we assign a team member who specializes in installing and repairing main sewer lines.
Once the installation is complete and passes inspection, our machine operator backfills the trench. We remove all rocks, roots and debris, rake the area smooth, sow grass seed and install a straw mat; leaving nothing behind but an outstanding plumbing job, a working sewer, and complete satisfaction.